A 2,700-year-old Shopping Mall, a building that hosted shops discovered in Northern Greece on the site of the ancient city of Argilos.
Image © University of Montreal /Jacques Perreault
Archaeologists have unearthed the remarkably well-preserved ruins in June, following an excavation at the area.
The units are so well-preserved that individual shops, including a bakery and a chemist, can be identified.
Nothing like this had ever been discovered and archeologists expect to find many more shops, when they excavate the east side of the portico early next year.
University of Montreal archaeologist Jacques Perreault, said:
“Porticos are well known from the Hellenistic period, from the 3rd to 1st century B.C. But earlier examples are extremely rare, “The one from Argilos is the oldest example to date from northern Greece and is truly unique.”
The portico could have resembled the Stoa of Attalos in Athens, that was built between 159 BC and 138 BC.